MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Pensabene – President
Daniel graduated in 1989 from Woodbridge High School, NJ, where he majored in Computers and Accounting. Alongside his HS Counselor, Daniel assisted with a program known as 10k; 10,000 jobs for 10,000 students. The purpose of this program was for students who did not want to attend college and wanted a career or business ownership. Daniel also attended DeVry Technical Institute in 1990 where he made the Dean and President’s list for computer repair and programming.
In the small town of Port Reading, NJ, Daniel started an after school recreational center for troubled teens. Daniel also began exploring entrepreneurship at a young age and started his own businesses. One was a successful landscape company with over 60 clients, which later was sold to a larger company and is still in business today. Daniel also has worked as a Chef/Manager of an Italian Restaurant in NJ. Creating such good experiences, recipes and repeat business; Daniel later became a consultant for other future Restaurant owners, 7 that are still in operation currently. Daniel also attended American Intercontinental University (AIU) online to receive his B.S. in Business Management.
Daniel has worked for such large organizations as Dignity Health, Tenet Healthcare, Conoco Phillips and Pinkerton & Burns, where he served as Director or Manager. Daniel worked with Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo, to help feed, cloth, bathe and find jobs for the homeless community. Daniel was the Franciscan Ecology Award winner for 2013 at Dignity Health, where he did such great things as divert methane gas from the landfill back to organizations to be used as renewable energy. Daniel also worked on Solar Energy and the use of Electric Car Parking stations. Daniel was also an EMT and EMS trainer on the East Coast. Director of EVS San Bernardino Mountains Community Hospital District.
Sue Walker- Vice President
Sue is a retired teacher with a master’s degree. After teaching, she was the Coordinator for the Plymouth Family Network, strengthening young families. She was also the Coordinator for Cape United Elders, a senior citizen activist non-profit.
Currently Sue is a grant writer and active in several non-profits including Mountain Homeless Coalition. Sue is also the chairperson of St. Richard’s Outreach Committee. She is the former Vice President of Soroptimist International of Rim of the World and also a member of the local Sierra Club. From 2012 – 2018, Sue served as a senior legislator on the CA Senior Legislature.
Becky Beavers- Treasurer
Becky holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. She has been manager of DQNews Custom Reports, a property data information service of CoreLogic, for the last 17 years.
Before that she was a computer programmer for Goodwill Industries and Shell Oil Company. Becky is a board member for Campus Athletes for Christ, based in Orange County. She was Volunteer of the Year during her first year as a Rotarian. She has volunteered as secretary, treasurer, accountant, payroll coordinator, IT consultant, newsletter editor and board member for several non-profits in the mountain and Orange county area. In her local church, over the last several decades, Becky has held many positions, paid and volunteer, that have developed in her a love for those who are hurting or disenfranchised. As the program coordinator for Kids Connection, a unique Christian mid-week program for largely latch-key children and youth in the mountain area, she has seen the pain, as well as hope and determination, in the eyes of those who are caught in a culture of poverty and family dysfunction.
She continues to be determined to work with our county systems and community providers to generate new opportunities for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Bonnie Shafer – Secretary
Bonnie has served as a free-lance bookkeeper for various local businesses in my community for over 40 years.
In 1999 Bonnie was hired by a Statewide Youth Drug Prevention Collaborative as their business manager. During this time, she also served on the Board of Directors for our local drug prevention agency. When the need arose for them to employ a bookkeeper, Bonnie was hired by this grassroots agency, and worked as their bookkeeper and prevention coordinator. Bonnie served in that same capacity until her retirement in 2014.
During her 15 years of prevention work, she did community organizing and directed a community coalition to promote local programs in youth drug and alcohol prevention.
Melinda Eisenhart- Director
Melinda spent most of her working life as a CPS Social Worker in Los Angeles and in Riverside Counties. She holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Criminal Justice.
Melinda has participated for the past 30 years in several county, state, and federal trainings and conferences directly related to needy children and families in our local communities. During her working years Melinda participated on several task forces and committees related to gangs, developing healthy families, SARB, YAT, cultural diversity, homelessness, and working with the mentally ill..
Although retired, she now currently works part-time with developmentally challenged individuals, some of whom are homeless. Melinda has been active in the community, working for the rights of the mentally ill and the homeless, and working for the safety of all children. She is currently also a member of her church outreach committee.
Carol Kinzel – Director
Carol holds an M.A. in Educational Administration. She is active with the Woman’s Club of Lake Arrowhead and was the 2nd VP 2011 - 2012; President 2012 – 2013. She is also a member of the Rim Communities Resource Network (RCRN), and the Mountains Group Sierra Club.
She is the developer and director of the Lake Gregory Environmental Education Nature Center from 2014 to 2019 and a Commissioner, Second District, Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino County.
She serves as the President of the Heaps Peak Arboretum – (ROWIA) Rim of the World Interpretive Association.
Wendell Wilson- Director
Mt. Homeless Provider Network Representative; member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH)
Wendell retired in 2007 after a career in business and social service. He earned a B. S. from the University of Minnesota in Business Administration in 1964.
He spent ten years in the field of credit management. He owned his own auto repair and restoration business for four years then spent the next four years in sales management.
The last eleven years Wendell formed and directed a non-profit agency in Tacoma, Washington serving homeless families with children. The agency provided emergency housing, transitional housing, and low-income permanent housing.
Executive Board Member, MHC School’s Committee Chairperson
After obtaining her degree in Early Childhood Education, Jill spent 8 years teaching and then Directing preschool, kindergarten, and after-school programs. She now holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and is working on her Master’s in counseling. She has spent several years either founding or working with community non-profits.
Jill started Fit for Families & Kids in 1997, and Speranza Youth & Community Services in 2,000, which are recreational, educational program and service agencies for underrepresented groups. Currently, she is the Commissioner-at-Large, and Mercy Ministry Chairperson on the church council at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. There, Jill is the Director of programs for food, clothing, housing, and counseling services for families throughout mountain communities.
Jill’s new Resiliency Clinic provides mental health and wellness services including mindfulness meditation, herbology, and Solution-focused therapy to individuals, couples, and groups who are suffering throughout the community.